‘Lucy Was My North Star’- Ashleigh Barty Draws Inspiration From Niece for Her Next Project

Published 04/10/2022, 11:00 AM EDT
Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning her quarter final match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. | Credits:REUTERS/Morgan Sette

The former world no. 1, Ashleigh Barty, announced her retirement from the sport last month. She stayed on the top for 121 weeks before she decided to bid the sport goodbye. Barty has now been testing waters of different careers. She even won a local golf tournament in Brisbane.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 25, 2022 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning her quarter final match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. REUTERS/Morgan Sette

However, her fans did not expect her to decide on writing a children’s book, though she had already considered the option earlier.

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A new revelation of Ashleigh Barty 

Ashleigh Barty announced her next move after announcing that she would retire from professional tennis. She has published a series of children’s books. Barty’s new series would be titled ‘Little Ash’. It would be based on the three-time grand slam winner and former world no. 1 Barty’s experiences in real life on and off the tennis court.

She said, “The project has been so much fun and something I have always wanted to do. We all know that Ashleigh Barty is very closer with her niece Lucy. Barty’s inspiration for the books has been the same.”

Aug 20, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Ashleigh Barty (AUS) returns a shot during her match against Barbora Krejcikova (CZE not pictured) during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

She stated, “Lucy was my north star. She is the perfect age to understand stories and storylines and read chapter books. Being able to read it to her will be great and to go up to readings to kids in rural areas is something I want to be really hands-on with.”

Barty in future

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The six-book Little Ash series would be written and illustrated by First Nations creatives, Jasmin McGaughey, and Jade Goodwin. They will be available for purchase in July. The publisher, HarperCollins, has already started the promotion of the book. Not only this, Barty would take a step ahead and publish a memoir later in 2022.

Ashleigh, after announcing her retirement, decided to take down her name from the WTA ranking chart leading Iga Swiatek to become world no. 1. Ashleigh Barty has been active in various prospects like golf, cricket, and also AFLW. So, her announcement of releasing a children’s book series came as a shock to her fans.

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However, Barty’s contribution will motivate little children all around the world to follow their dreams and learn from the ups and downs of one of the best tennis players in the world.

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Shivali Sharma

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Shivali Sharma is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. She has pursued her Master's in history from Himachal University, but her love for the game has driven her to write about tennis. Shivali is a huge fan of Naomi Osaka and admires Osaka not only for her on-court performances, but also for her off-court actions.

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